December 23, 1999
There is one sure bet about Y2K -- it is costing a fortune.Exterminating the Y2K bug from the nation's private and government computers between 1995 and 2001 is expected to cost $100 billion, according to a Commerce Department estimate.Costs to the federal government are expected to reach $8.4 billion, and state budget analysts put Maryland's tab at $150 million.The cost might translate into higher taxes, electric bills, hospital rates and phone bills and increased fees for the services of bankers, investment brokers and other computer-oriented businesses.
October 4, 2011
With New Year's Eve just a month away, we asked our staff about the pros and cons of the night. Here's what they had to say. •••• Best: There's almost always an awesome party to attend. Worst: There's yet another night that Ryan Seacrest is on TV. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• Worst is hats. And drunk people. Best is drunken people in hats. Anne Tallent, editor, b •••• Best: Getting to use a new calendar.
December 27, 2001
THIS New Year's Eve, celebrate community spirit and take in the arts. From a figure-skating exhibition, a MasqueParade with giant papier-mache puppets and fireworks at the edge of Baltimore's Inner Harbor to an arts "odyssey" in Annapolis that features more than 200 acts and culminates with a laser-light tribute to America, there'll be plenty to entertain you and your family at public celebrations ushering in the year 2002. "Now more than ever is a time for families to celebrate life by being together for the holidays, to reflect on the past and to move forward in a positive way," says Janice Gary, executive director of First Night Annapolis.
December 26, 1999
You knew something was wrong when the news stories began appearing about the millennium clocks. Some post offices took them out because the tick, tick, ticking of the days, hours, minutes and seconds till Jan. 1, 2000, was upsetting people waiting in line. Instead of getting excited about the biggest celebration in a thousand years, customers were reminded that their lives were running out.Think about it. We're about to leave "our" century and enter the century we're going to die in.Feeling better now?
December 31, 1994
Happy New Year's Eve. There's plenty of good football during the day, and plenty of bad television during the night. Enjoy the evening without guilt, TV-wise, but hey, hey, hey -- let's be careful out there.* "NFC Playoffs" (12:30 p.m.-conclusion, Channel 13) -- It's Detroit vs. Green Bay in the day's first NFL wild-card playoff game. ABC broadcasts both games today, so if this Lions-Packers game goes into overtime, the network will have an interesting quandary on its hands. ABC.* "AFC Playoffs" (4 p.m.-conclusion, Channel 13)
December 29, 2007
Howard Gerber has earned the freedom to let someone else worry about whether the beer is running low on New Year's Eve. Last year he sold his fabled Fells Point bar, the Horse You Came In On Saloon, a Thames Street landmark he'd owned since 1972. He's now focusing on his criminal legal work. "My time is now spent in the courtroom," he said. "I don't get the bad guys. I don't do high-profile cases - maybe a little marijuana possession or assault." When it seems appropriate, he said, he tries to get his clients into counseling.